Rose Point Etched Crystal from Cambridge Glass – Enduring Popularity Cambridge’s Rose Point etched crystal is one of the most collected elegant glass patterns with a huge selection of pieces and beautiful stemware. Let’s see top 7 reasons to collect Rose Point.
News-Antique.com - Jan 03,2010 - Cambridge’s Rose Point etched crystal is one of the most collected elegant glass patterns with a huge selection of pieces, beautiful stemware and more than one full line of dinnerware. Let’s see top 7 reasons to collect Rose Point.
1. Rose Point is beautiful. The design has a center medallion of open roses, flanked by scrolls and swags. Gorgeous rose vines and leaves with romantic cabbage roses twine around the glass between the medallions. Cambridge made many lovely, graceful etched patterns but Rose Point is special. It has classic good looks that complement today’s china and dinnerware patterns.
2. Rose Point is available. It’s no fun collecting a pattern you cannot find or that is priced in the stratosphere. Our store, Catladykate’s Elegant and Depression Glass, always has several pieces in stock.
3. Cambridge Glass made Rose Point during the 1940s and 1950s so many original owners, often brides married right after World War II, are passing pieces on to their families. When you receive a piece of glass your mom or grandma cherished, you want to get a few more pieces to use. Maybe your grandmother had a special bowl she used for cranberries every Thanksgiving, and you would like one just like it to remember her by.
4. There are a myriad of pieces to choose from. Cambridge recognized a good pattern and they etched Rose Point on most of their contemporaneous dinnerware shapes. One of the most common blanks was called number 3400, which has a scalloped rim with softly rounded points. You can find a full dinnerware set on this shape, everything from cups and saucers to plates, bowls, serving pieces. Cambridge’s 3400 and 3900 shapes were similar enough that you can blend them on your table; both styles have scalloped rims so they go very well together.
Cambridge even put Rose Point on the Cambridge Square blank, although you will have a harder time finding many pieces. This line had square bases and smooth round rims, so the lively flowing flower pattern made a good contrast.
Cambridge used at least 6 different stem line blanks for Rose Point. The most common and most affordable is the 3121 blank. Stem 3121 has two balls with three points circling each ball and more points that form a triangular shape on the stem. Cambridge also used the 3500, which is shown in the photo, Pristine, 3106 and the Statuesque lines. Rose Point on the 3121 blank is no more expensive than any good contemporary crystal.
Most Rose Point is crystal but you can find a few pieces in ruby red, ebony black, and the usual Cambridge blue, amber, topaz yellow, pink and green. It would be fun to have a couple pieces of colored Rose Point to mix with your clear set.
5. Select a few accessory pieces and start a family tradition. Did your mom have a special relish tray or candle holder? Do you remember every holiday dinner with that beautiful bowl? You can choose candle